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The return of strident political correctness on campuses

I'm a college English professor at a liberal arts college, and lately on our campus (and on others across the nation) it's as if there's this echo effect from the culture wars of the early 1990s. Almost out of the blue our students are objecting to representations "triggering" sexual trauma--any depiction of rape or forceful sex, whether it be in Ovid or Thomas Hardy, is objected to by our students, and they demand we tell them ahead of time and not discuss it in class (or that they be allowed to be excused from class when we discuss it). Even more sudden has been the obsession with transsexuals and how to treat them properly. They're constantly accusing one another of being transphobic or asserting "cis privilege" at what seems like the drop of a hat. It's not that I don't believe that transsexuals are badly treated, but the accusation of "cis privilege" is ridiculous.


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